In 2013, Chef Thierry Rautureau opened Loulay Kitchen & Bar in the heart of downtown Seattle. Named for Chef Thierry Rautureau's hometown of Saint Hilaire de Loulay in France, Loulay provides the ambiance and elegant decor that has come to be expected from the Chef in the hat restaurants while providing the humble tastes of home cooked French cuisine. Located at the bottom of the Sheraton Hotel in the epicenter of Seattle's downtown shopping district, Loulay offers delicious French cuisine with a splash of the Pacific Northwest. The menu delivers dishes with the perfect balance of comforting tastes inspired from the farm table Rautureau grew up around and the exquisite, fresh seafood that only the Pacific Northwest can provide; such as seared albacore served with leek fondue, burdock root purée, and apple cider jus.
In 2014, Loulay received press from both local and nationally known sources. Highlights include; being named "Best Restaurant of the year" by Seattle Met Magazine and Thrillist mentions on "Seattle's 10 best new burgers of 2014", "The 21 best new restaurants in America", "Seattle's 11 best new restaurants of 2014", & "Winter Restaurant (and Bar!) Preview: 7 Seattle places to get excited about".
In 2010, Rautureau opened Luc, a casual French-American café and bar named after his late father, Luc Rautureau. Being primarily local, seasonal and sustainable, Luc's food is heavily influenced by the French comfort food Rautureau grew up eating on his parents’ farm.
In order to raise money to open Luc, the established chef pre-sold gift certificates. Interested parties were offered three gift certificates valued at $435, which could be used over the course of three years for $1,000. The names of these "Founding Diners" are now featured in Luc on bronze plaques.
The two paintings in the dining room are both artistic interpretations of old Rautureau family photographs, one of Rautureau as a boy and another of his parents as a young couple, which were rendered by a Seattle-based French artist named Isa Darleans.
Luc has both indoor and outdoor seating and is frequented by Seattle locals for brunch and dinner. Luc is a Madison Valley, Seattle French Bistro and everyone is welcome.